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May 27, 2017 - What a beginning to the Elite Weekend! Huge crowd, fantastic weather, great harness racing…nothing could be better. Stefan Melander’s owned and trained Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) took the Sweden Cup Final (Gr. II, UET Masters Series, 600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, nine starters) in Europe’s fastest time of the year 1.09.3kr with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard. The winner traveled in the death seat, as he did winning elimination #3, and eased past chief rival and pacesetter Vasterbo Highflyer (9g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) and driver Johan Untersteiner nearing the line. The 3.6/1 favorite won his elim, the third, timed in 1.09.7kr ahead of Buzz Mearas, Gabriel Gelormini driving, and Trendy OK with Alesssando Gocciadoro up. Third in the final was Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) with Wim Paal up for trainer Holger Ehlert, and the next two were Spitcam Jubb and BBS Sugarlight. Ringostarr was the 3/1 winner of elim two clocked in 1.10.1kr, defeating aforementioned Spitcam Jubb (6h Campbell Hall-Lola Spit-Super Arnie) and Fire To The Rain (6g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall). The elims were worth 100,000SEK to those winners. The other elim, the first, was taken by 12/1 Briedablicks Nubbe (5m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise), shown below, for driver /trainer Conrad Lugauer timed in 1.09.5kr, that time equaled the European season record when made. Vasterbo Highflyer and BBS Sugarlight were the next two home in that elim. Volstead Undercard action included a victory by the Tom Dillon USA bred Seaside Illusion (4f Muscle Hill-Seaside-Yankee Glide) in a conditioned event for four year-old mares, with 100,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart event. She was timed in 1.11.9kr for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Frode Hamre. Gisela de Veluwe and Tour Knight were next.Seaside Illusion Mares also battled in the Ladt Snarts (200,000SEK to the winner, 140 meters autostart) and the quick 1.10.3kr timed winner was 7.7/1 Shadow Gar (6f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) handled by Pietro “Pippo” Gubellini for trainer Erik Bondo and Allev. Garigliano. She made a huge three wide sweep in the final bend and zoomed away to an easy win over Galactica and the tiring Wild Honey. Shadow Gar and Gubellini Thomas H. Hicks    

April 22, 2017 - 1.8/1 Tobin Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Zarnia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) took Saturday’s Umaker V75 day harness racing featured Berth Johanssons Memorial (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard for trainer Daniel Reden and owner Brixton Medical. Tobin Kronos is two for two in 2017 and 11 for 26 lifetime for 2,531,836SEK earned. 4.6/1 Cruzado dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner) earned second money for driver Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and for owner Courant AB. Third was 3.6/1 In Vain Sund (5m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) reined by Erik Adielsson  for trainer Reden. On the undercard was the V75 Gold Olympiatravet Test#4 (150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.2/1 favorite Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) scored victorious timed in 1.12.7kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Reden trainee for owner Stall Zet. Propulsion secured his first 2017 win in four starts and now has 20 wins in 41 career starts for 6,842,599SEK earned. 6/1 Fire To The Rain (6g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) took second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. Third was 43/1 Cool Keeper (7m Broadway Hall-Missys GoGo-Yankee Glide) trained by Leif Witasp and driven this day by Kenth Akerlund. Thomas H. Hicks

April 1, 2017 - Harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom piloted 1.18/1 odds Delicious U.S. to the front in front of stands on the first lap and they coasted to a two length score in the Solvalla AM Print-Pixies (purse 200,000SEK to the winner, total purse 409,500SEK, 1640 meters autostart). The eight year old daughter of Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra recorded her second 2017 win in as many starts and now has 26 career wins in 51 outings for 6,346,571SEK earned. Daniel Reden trains the Stall Zet owned mare that was bred in the USA by Lindy Farms. Windy Ways (7f Conway Hall-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane) was second for Johnny Takter and trainer Reden at 9.39/1. Pasithea Face (5f Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionnant) was third for Adrian Kolgjini at 5.06/1. Fractions were well rated (1.10.1kr at the first 500; 1.12.4kr at the first 1000 leading to a final time of 1.11.kr.  Thomas H. Hicks

March 22, 2017 - Harness racing trainer Stefan Melander’s Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane), off at 1.09/1 odds,  recorded his second straight 2017 victory tonight at Solvalla for teamster Orjan Kihlstrom clocked in 1.12.2kr. The race was the Kentucky Fibbers with 80,000SEK to the winner over the 1640 meter autostart course. Nuncio led throughout during modest fractions (1.14kr at the first 500 meters; 1.13.7kr at the first 1000) and held off fast closing 9.67/1 Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) by a short length, the latter reined by Erik Adielsson for trainer Melander. Arden Homestead Stable bred Volstead and Russell Williams (new USTA President) bred Nuncio, now with a career slate of 39-12-2 in 53 starts for 27,803,230SEK earned. Nuncio was a perfect 11 for 11 in 2016. 12.9/1 Coldtown (8g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) landed the third spot. Nuncio tonight took the next step toward the 2017 Elitloppet. Thomas H. Hicks

February 18, 2017 - Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) record an easy, and well-rated. front end harness racing victory tonight in the V75 Gold at Axevalla in Sweden. The Orjan Kihlstrom driven and Stefan Melander trained and owned (Stall TZ) champion was timed in 1.15.7kr (fractions: 1.17.3kr at first 500 meters; 1.18.3kr at the first 1000; 1.18.1kr at the 1500) over 2140 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK first prize. Nuncio last raced September 18, 2016 at Bjerke. Russell C. Williams of Hanover, PA bred Nuncio, the 1.07/1 favorite that bested 30.79/1 Bruno di Quattro (9m Broadway Hall-Ussel-Speedy Soma) with Kenneth Haugstad up and 31.88/1 Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Fleur-Backstreet Guy) for Johnny Takter. Winmecredit and Spring Erom were fourth and fifth. Nuncio’s career slate now stands at 38-12-2 in 52 starts for 27,723,230SEK earned. He is now 12 for 12 in 2016-17. This night Nuncio was eased to the front, faced a challenge deep in the last bend, and then drew off for a four length score. Nuncio (Ö.Kihlström/S.Melander) Thomas H. Hicks  

Nuncio returns to action next Wednesday at Solvalla, where the Stefan Melander trained and owned harness racing champion will be teamed with regular pilot Orjan Kihlstrom in the Gosta Nordins. A field of seven will race over 2140 meters autostart (field below). Divisionist will also take part in the Gunnar Nordins on the card. Nuncio may be pointed toward the Prix d’Amerique the last week in January. December 7, 2016 – Solvalla - R7 Gosta Nordins 2140 meters autostart Nuncio - Kihlstrom Knows Nothing - Ohlsson Attack Diablo - Eriksson Nato Dream - Haugstad Partout Simoni - Kern Charrva Forlan - Goop Claes Boko - Adielsson   R4 Gunnar Nordins 2140 meters autostart Floyd Fortuna - Adielsson Camelot Sisu - Goop Barthechocoate - Haapio Divisionist - Kontio Global Satisfaction - Ohlsson Cupido Sisdu - Kihlstrom   Thomas H. Hicks  

Delicious (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) easily took today’s Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to winner, 1649 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Solvalla for harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Daniel Reden trains the undefeated mare in 2016 (five straight) for Stall Zet. She recorded career win 24 in 49 starts, now for 6,111,572SEK earned. Patricia Hastrup (9f Great Challenger-Isabella Hastrup-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Bjorn Goop and Georgie Mae (6f Valley Victor-Missymandarine-Malabar Man) was third with Johan Untersteiner driving. Delicious left alertly from post one, settled on the pegs and then made a decisive move to the lead at the three-eighths pole. From there she was a good four lengths or more in the clear. Time was 1.09.8kr after quick steady fractions (1.09.5kr after 500 meters and 1.09.3kr at the 1000 mark). Delicious win today starts the speculation of her, Nuncio and Bold Eagle in the 2017 Prix d’Amerique, now four months away. Earlier in the program there was several US-bred/CAQ-sired and exported winners: Barbara L. Hanover (3f Explosive Matter-Box of Dreams-Dream Vacation), Pokeman As (4g Kadabra-Oblige As-Scarlet Knight) and Ioana Hanover (3f Muscle Hill-In Dreams-Dream Vacation). Thomas H. Hicks  

The 3/10 favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle) took todays Gr. I UET Masters Finale (purse €399,908, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) by two lengths clocked in 1.10.66kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Stefan Melander trained and owned harness racing champion. 9/1 Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) took second for Erik Adielsson, trainer Stefan Pettersson and Ecurie Frackstad Lantbruks AB. Third was 16/1 Mosaique Face (7m Classic Photo-Iona LB) with Adrian Kolgjini up for Tommy Nilsson Holding AB and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Spring Erom and Explosive De Vie were fourth and fifth. Nuncio (Ö.Kihlström/S.Melander) G1 UET Masters Final 18/09/2016 Finale U.E.T Trotting Masters NUNCIO On the Bjerke program was also the VG Norsk Derby (purse €226,922, 2600 meters autostart, 12 starters) with victory to 1.9/1 El Diablo BR (4m Muscle Hill-Fiery Chip) for trainer/driver Frode Hamre. The winner was clocked in 1.13.42kr and is owned by Brinvest Danmark APS. 5/1 Cash Okay (4m Ready Cash-Tresokay) was second for G.V. Gundersen with third earned by 5/1 Ultimate Photo (4m SJ’s Photo-Madam Lavec) and Bjorn Goop. Fourth was the Jeppe Juel driven and trained Akermann (4g Crazed-Ta Ta Hall). The Finn Tack Norsk Criterium (purse €175,325, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced a 1.12.71kr timed winner in 14.3/1 Shocking Superman (3m Orlando Vici-Bernadette’s Cat). Bjorn Goop is trainer/driver of this Tar Stable KB owned performer. 19.5/1 Mini Viking (3m Maharajah-Jeunesse Defee) was second for trainer/driver Frode Hamre and third was 15/1 Evil Enok ME (3m Magnetic Power-Topaz Dragon) for trainer/driver N.P. Braekken. Thomas H. Hicks

Tuesday at Eskilstuna the quick mare Delicious (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) scored for Orjan Kihlstrom and harness racing trainer Daniel Reden timed in 1.13.6kr over 2140 meters autostart. First money was 35,000SEK. Delicious defeated veterans Shaq Is Back, with Kenneth Haugstad up, and Thai Broadway for Bjorn Goop. Monster Drive and Prince Tagg were next to the line. Delicious is perfect in four 2016 starts and now has 23 career wins in 48 starts. Wednesday the action moved to Solvalla. A 1640 meter autostart test for mares worth 80,000SEK to the winner went to a 1.11kr quick stepping 1.4/1 Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall- Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Reden. The mare now sports a 4-0-1 slate in six 2016 appearances. Christine Sixteen (4f Muscle Massive-Sharise Seelster-Brisco Hanover) was second for Jorma Kontio and conditioner Veijo Heiskanen. Third was Faye Bros (4f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) for driver Ulf Eriksson. The Diamantstoet for 100,000SEK to the winner was raced over 2140 meters autostart. 9.3/1 La Fille (6f Up Front Larry-Step In-Tap In) scored for Claes Sjostrom timed in 1.12.6kr. Hanna Olofsson is the trainer. Speedy Foxy Vinane and Impression were next. Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing action Wednesday at Solvalla included a victory by Standout (7m Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador) in the 100,000SEK first money C Th Ericssons Memorial over 2640 meters autostart. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the winner for Stefan Melander, trainer/owner. The winner has 17 career wins in 65 starts for 3,459,200SEK earned. Standout, off at 3.16/1, was clocked in 1.13.6kr to defeat Sir Ratzeputz and Poochai. The Solvallaserien VII for 100,000SEK to the winner, went to 1.23/1 Uncle Lasse clocked in 1.12kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed this Stefan Melander owner and trained four year-old son of Donato Hanover-Solveig-Muscles Yankee). Workout Wonder (4m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) was second for Tommi Kylliainen with third to Flash Haleryd (4m Conway Hall-Looking Flashy-Pine Chip) for Erik Adielsson. Pythagoras Face and Divisionist were next to the line with French Laundry unplaced. The race distance was 2140 meters autostart. Two year-old battled in the opener for 40,000SEK to the winner of this 1640 meter voltstart event. The 1.15.9kr winner was Harmon Boko (2m Muscle Hill-Pursuit of Dream-Donerail) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Mattias Djuse. Kiss Me Tooma (2f Dream Vacation) and Eurythmic Sisu (2m Quite Easy) were next. Three year-olds contested a 2140 meter volstart event for 40,000SEK to the winner. That winner was 1.8/1 Bourbon Rain (3m Conway Hall-Affinity-Victory Dream) clocked in 1.17.1kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Pasi Aikio. This winner is a half-brother to the successful Tumble Dust, a Criterium Continental winner by Crazed. Another 40,000SEK first prize event, over 2140 meters autostart, went to Per Lennartsson’s trained/driven Jager Oaks (7g Tony Oaks-Jessi Way-Buster Claypool) clocked in 1.14.4kr, his second straight victory. Trainer/driver Melander also won on the card with Lincoln Lawyer (5g Muscles Yankee-M Stewart-American Winner) timed in 1.14.5kr over 2640 meters autostart to capture 60,000SEK first money. Thomas H. Hicks    

Today’s Gr. I International Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker (total purse €188,475, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to harness racing 3/10 favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom.  The winner is trained by Stefan Melander for his Stall TZ. Nuncio, bred by Russell Williams of Pennsylvania, is now 8-2-0 in 10 starts in 2016 and has a 34-14-2 slate in 50 career starts for 24,931,376SEK earned. Off on the lead from post one, Nuncio parked contesting Oasis Bi not allowing that one the front, and then fought off Call Me Keeper (that made a miscue with a quarter mile remaining) and a parked three wide Anna Mix. In the lane the winner gamely kept a comfortable lead to hold off 15/1 pocket placed On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia) with Joseph Verbeeck up  for trainer H.R. Stromberg, and outside rallying 78/1 DD’s Hitman (5m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny) with Jorma Kontio driving for Petri Puro. 15/1 Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) ended fourth with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Stefan Pettersson. Nuncio was clocked in 1.11.7kr, well off the race record of 1.10kr set in 2015 by Delicious U.S. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Okat-ml0-g Thomas H. Hicks  

Daniel Reden’s trainee and Stall Zet owned Delicious U.S. (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) continued her comeback with victory today clocked in 1.11.1kr for harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom. The Lindy Farms US-bred mare last started and won on August 7 after a four month layoff. She is now three for three in 2016 and 22 for 46 lifetime, good for 5,876,572SEK earned. Quid Pro Quo (7m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second for Erik Adielsson (trainer Svante Bath) and Knows Nothing (7m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) was third with Ulf Ohlsson up. Today’s event was the Malabar Circle As Prize over 1640 meters with 100,000SEK to the winner. On the same card the Breeders Crown for two year-olds was contested over 2140 meters autostart with 175,000SEK to the winner and the 1.17.2kr timed winner was 25.5/1 Global Un Poco (2m Conway Hall-Share The Promise-Yankee Glide) driven by Per Linderoth, for trainer Svante Bath. The first time winner bested Global Unbound (2f SJ’s Caviar-RM Impala-Mack Lobell) reined by Daniel Wajersteen  and third went to Saranda Face (2f Lavec Kronos-Know It All Face-Viking Kronos) that Ulf Eriksson handled for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The Tre Jonsson Stayer Open (200,000SEK to the winner, 3640 meters distance handicap) went to 1.15.7kr timed and 15.5/1 odds Bullyoung (5g Love You-Greenhill’s Beauty-Comets Tail) that overcame a 20 meter penalty in his victory with Kenth Akerlund up for trainer Robert Bergh. Second was Spitcam Jubb (5g Campbell Hall-Lola Spit-Super Arnie) for driver Kaj Widell. The 60 meter handicapped Narold Vix finished third. Other winners of interest on the program were Tudor Kronos (4m Raja  Mirchi-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) for Robert Bergh in the Evonella for four year-olds. Timed in 1.13.1kr over 2140 meters autostart this 2.2/1 favorite defeated Broadway Appolo (4m Broadway Hall-Raising Rachel-Yankee Glide) and reinsman Johan Untersteiner to earn 100,000SEK first money. Tudor Kronos has now won seven times in eight 2016 starts. The Serenas for mares, over 1640 meters autostart, with 100,000SEK to the winner, went to 7/1 Debbie B.R. (5f Dream Vacation-Tuscan Red-Striking Sahbra) from Norway that Orjan Kihlstrom drove. Three year-old Paul The Apostle (3m Pastor Stephen-Blue Drop Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) earned 50,000SEK for victory in the 2640 meter autostart Altins Trafik Trot. Kihlstrom also teamed this winner for Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Thomas H. Hicks  

Top flight harness racing trotting occurs this weekend on Saturday at Bergsaker with the Sundsvall Open and Friday at Cagnes sur Mer in the Grand Prix du Department 06. The Sundsvall Open has a total purse of €188,475 in the Gr. I International test over 2140 meters autostart. Nuncio will be the favorite from post one with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Melander, owner/trainer. Main contenders will be Call Me Keeper, Oasis Bi, Anna Mix and On Track Piraten. Melander also starts US-bred Volstead. Former Elitloppet winner Nahar is also in this groupe, he apparently slated for a Toronto trip for the Maple Leaf Trot. BERGSAKER - SUNDSVALL OPEN TROT SUEDE Attelé - 188 475 € - 2140m - 10 partants  - Internationale - Autostart  - Corde à gauche SUNDSVALL OPEN TROT Course 1 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe I Course Internationale Départ à l'Autostart 188.475. - Attelé. - 2.140 mètres. 107.700, 43.080, 21.540, 10.770, 5.385. Pour 3 ans et plus, ayant gagné au moins 43.080. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains Rapports probables e-SG Ref. Direct                           1 Nuncio (usa) A     M 5 o. kihlstrom s. melander 2140 1a1a2a1a2a 2 577 409 € - - 2 Volstead A     M 5 p. lennartsso s. melander 2140 5a1a1a1a0a 370 192 € - - 3 Call me keeper     M 6 j. unterstein daniel reden 2140 2a1aDa1a1a1a 391 090 € - - 4 D.d.'s hitman     M 5 j. kontio p. puro 2140 0a1a2a4aDa 130 209 € - - 5 Nahar     H 11 r. bergh r. bergh 2140 DaDa2aDa1a2a 1 349 763 € - - 6 Oasis bi     M 8 b. goop s. pettersson 2140 0a0a4a1a1a0a 1 302 033 € - - 7 Anna mix     F 6 e. adielsson mlle sofia ar 2140 1a1a6a5aDa3a 864 508 € - - 8 Shadow woodland     M 7 u. ohlsson reijo liljend 2140 1a4a1a4aDa 217 726 € - - 9 On track piraten     H 8 j. verbeeck h.r. stromber 2140 2a2a5a4a1a2a 1 219 550 € - - 10 Explosive de vie     H 5 k. oscarsson j. oscarsson 2140 2a1a2a1a3a 278 980 € - -   Ecurie A   -     Friday at Cagnes sur Mer will be the Gr. II Grand Prix du Department 06 for a purse of €180,000 with 12 starters in the 1609 meter autostart sprint. Un Mec d’Heripre will be the likely wagering choice from post six with J-M Bazire to drive the Fabrice Souloy trainee. Main attention will also go to Pascia’Lest, Dante Boko, Seatlle Bi and Aladin d’Ecajeul in this well matched field CAGNES/MER - GRAND PRIX DU DEPARTEMENT 06 Attelé - 180 000 € - 1609m - 12 partants  - Groupe II GRAND PRIX DU DEPARTEMENT 06 Course 6 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe II Course Internationale. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains Rapports probables e-SG Ref. Direct                           1 Starter du rib     H 10 j.ch. feron j.ch. feron 1609 6a3aDa5a0a5a 513 440 € - - 2 Aladin d'ecajeul     M 6 g. gelormini s. guarato 1609 6a3a3a4a8a3a 998 640 € - - 3 Pascia' lest     M 7 p. gubellini f. souloy 1609 5a5a2a1a1a4a 1 357 611 € - - 4 Olmo holz     M 8 ch. martens v. martens 1609 4a2a5aDa5aDa 842 656 € - - 5 Soumoulou     H 10 anthony laigr a. laigron 1609 7a6a3a4a3a6a 654 710 € - - 6 Un mec d'heripre     M 8 j.m. bazire f. souloy 1609 1a1a0a1a1a3a 1 632 332 € - - 7 Zorro photo     M 10 r. andreghett mlle st. lepe 1609 3a6a6a6a6a1a 619 288 € - - 8 Princess grif     F 7 b. goop f. souloy 1609 9a6a7a8a0a9a 787 826 € - - 9 Truman dairpet     H 9 d. locqueneux n. ensch 1609 7a2a5a4a2a2a 510 960 € - - 10 Dante boko     H 6 p. vercruysse l. kolgjini 1609 1a4a0a5aDa1a 481 314 € - - 11 Seattle bi     F 5 m. stefani a. gocciadoro 1609 1a3aDa4a4a6a 115 899 € - - 12 Slow du beauvoisin     H 10 r. mourice r. mourice 1609 3a1a1a3a0a4a 478 070 € - -   Thomas H. Hicks  

The 1SEK million first money Gr. I International E3 Finals at Orebro, each contested over 1609 meters autostart, produced exceptional harness racing victories by Unique Juni and Donatello Sisi. 8.8/1 odds Unique Juni (3f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique-Supergill) took the filly division timed in 1.12kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer H.R. Stromberg. Jan Spals Invest AM owns the winner, now with a 2-3-1 slate in nine 2016 starts for earnings of 1,160,000SEK. Her sire is a son of Muscles Yankee-Yankee Blondie. Zahara Goj (3f Sahara Dynamite-Melinda Sigel-Self Confident) took second for Torbjorn Jansson with third to Greece Boko (3f Zola Boko-Ouzo Boko-Victory Dream) and driver Jorma Kontio and trainer Robert Bergh. The colt division went to 1.11.7kr timed Donatello Sisu (3m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) handled by Stefan Soderkvist for Denco HB and trainer Admir Ziukanovic. This winner, unraced last year, is now 5-0-0 in nine starts in 2016 for 1,254,100SEK earned. Makethe mark (3m Moharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) was second for Ulf Ohlsson, only his fourth loss in 17 starts (13-1-1 slate). Third was Norway’s Fernandinho B.R. (3m Raja Mirchi-Metior Missy-Tagliabue) with trainer Peter Untersteiner at the lines. Other prominent winners on the card included 6.9/1 odds Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) in the Express Gaxe Gold for 150,000SEK to the winner. Jorma Kontio teamed the 1.11.1kr timed winner, over 2100 meters autostart, for trainer Timo Nurmos. Coldtown has a 17-4-5 slate in 34 career starts. Knows Nothing and Radieux trailed the winning Coldtown. The Silver Division, 125,000SEK to the winner in the 2100 meter autostart contest, went to 2.9/1 Tripolini V.P. (6g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magic-Shane Scottseth) of Denmark with trainer Jeppe Juel aboard. The 1.13kr clocked winner sired by a son of Express Ride-Emilie Cas El, owned by Team Juel, defeated Clara R.C. and Ruby Trap (5f Explosive Matter-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele), the latter a half-sister to Scarlet Knight. The Orebro Bronze Division for 110,000SEK to the winner over 2650 meters voltstart, went to 3.5/1 Springover (5m Going Kronos-Malabara-Supergill) timed in 1.14.2kr for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. Eder Bob (5m Crazed-Keystone Blaze-Angus Hall) was second for trainer/driver Veijo Heiskanen, a week after this one took an Ahlsell Legends for Per Henriksen. Thomas H. Hicks

Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) rallied off stablemate Volstead’s death seat cover to easily win the 2016 Solvalla Gr. I Jubileumspokalen for a total purse of €188,475. Harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom reined the winner owned and trained by Stefan Melander. He recorded his seventh 2016 victory in nine starts to go along with two seconds, raising his seasonal earnings to 5,798,650SEK and career earnings of 23,931,376SEK. The career slate is 33-14-2 in 49 starts. Off at 3/10 the winner bested 23/1 Explosive De Vie (5g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) for Kevin Oscarsson with third to 9/1 Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) with Ulf Ohlsson up. Scellino Luis, another son  of Andover Hall, ended fourth. Time was 1.10.7kr off even fractions (1.09.5kr at the first 500 meters; 1.10.2kr at the 1000 and 1.10.3kr after 1500) in the 2140 meter autostart course. Nuncio was four wide in the first turn, settled on the outer and then was covered by Volstead that ended fifth. Earlier in the card The Queen L for aged mares (purse €21,702) went to 1.14.1kr (2640 meters autostart) timed Bostonz Credit (6f Credit Winner-Pleasecometoboston-Cumin) with Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. The Kelley Racing Stable US product won for second time in 2016 in six starts. Off at 9/2 the winner defeated 1.2/1 Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) with trainer Peter Untersteiner up. Third was 30/1 Coco De Vie (5f Chocolatier-Bliss-Angus Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Melander. The Solvalla program also included the Breeders Course for two year-olds raced over 1640 meters autostart. The easy gate to wire victory went to 1.1/1 favorite Current Affair (2f Love You-Global Future-Lindy’s Crown) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Kiss Me Tooma (2f Dream Vacation-Jument D’or-Super Arnie) was next for Jennifer Tillman. Timed was 1.15.9kr for the winner that earned 50,000SEK for her second win in as many starts. Thomas H. Hicks

US import Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) with cagey Orjan Kihlstrom driving escaped the pocket late and rallied with a rapid speed burst between harness racing rivals to capture the 2016 Gr. I UET Masters Series Hugo Abergs Memorial (purse to winner 1,000,000SEK, with total purse in euros of €188,475, 1609 meters autostart, 10 entrants less scratching of Your Highness) for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet.  Off at even-money odds (PMU network and 1.39/1 on ATG) Propulsion now has a 2016 slate of 5-0-1 in seven starts for 3,621,713SEK earned this year and 4,404,296SEK for the career (31 starts with a 16-2-4 chart). Mosaique Face (7m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) at 17/1 set the pace for Adrian Kolgjini and held second ahead of 1.7/1 Robert Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) and Robin Bakker that rallied late off the final bend and ended third.  Post-race Bakker said he was very pleased with Robert Bi’s performance. Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) rallied from back after a post 10 starting spot to be fourth for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. Propulsion was US-bred by F.V, Caldwell of Lexington KY and NJ based Bluestone Farms. The fractions set by Mosaique Face were honest and setup a record event (1.06.7kr after 500 meters; 1.09.3kr at the 1000 mark and finish 1.08.9kr, or mile rate 1:50.86f). The second and third place finishers were clocked in 1.09kr. The race, held at Jagersro / Malmo SWE, began in 1970, and was won last year by Creatine (with Johnny Takter up) and in the past by two-time winners Commander Crowe, Lave Kronos, Gidde Palema, Rite On Line, Peach Corps, Big Spender and Express Gaxe. A big crowd was on hand for great racing on a beautiful evening at Jagersro. Thomas H. Hicks

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